Hero worship is a BIG thing for me.\nTo dream about meeting them and listening to them and following their footsteps and imbuing a part of their spirit.\nBut mostly, it is envying the life that happened to them / the life they led whichever the case may be.\nAm sure we each have our heroes and much of our discussions with our children are about picking out the right criteria for selecting these pedestal people.\nSome fall off that sacred spot because we learn more about them and we don\u2019t fancy what we see. Others don\u2019t fall off that pedestal, but we abandon that entire field in which that pedestal stands and we create new ones in the one that interest us much more and find new heroes for those. And if we are most unfortunate, it so happens that we ourselves grow up in stature \u2013 at least in our own minds \u2013 and then the pedestal is deigned too short for any worship.\nAnd that is unfortunate because having a hero to worship is a boon. It provides motivation and inspiration. A hero has that god-like ethereal quality that we might never be able to truly touch them in any significant way. In my case, my heroes are mostly all from some previous century \u2013 and so mostly dead. Their unreachability adds some height to the pedestal.\u00a0 And they remain like angels \u2013 hovering around the mind forever \u2013 goading on my spirit and desires.\nSo it is with Heinrich Harrer.\nMuch of his life just happened to him. He didn\u2019t lead it \u2013 he followed. And then he made the most of his circumstance. But that does not take away from fact that his is one of the most exciting journeys that I have read about. Surely there must be more exciting lives in the history of mankind, but perhaps they were not written down or maybe I haven\u2019t read them.\nI do not know what my hero looked like. Brad Pitt playing his role in the film based on Harrer\u2019s book\u00a0 \u201cSeven years in Tibet\u201d was excellent eye-candy but Brad is not the hero here.\nMy hero is Heinrich Harrer himself.\nIf I could meet him for coffee or lunch would I be happy? Probably not. If he could spend an afternoon telling me his most interesting stories \u2013 would I be happy? Probably not. The only thing that will satisfy me, is to walk alongside him through his journey 75 years ago. As an observer, as a participant. As just living my own life following those steps of adventure.\nQuite an impossible idea!\nAnd so I will make do with his legacy objects.\u00a0 Objects that he owned, collected on the very journey that idolize!!\u00a0 Maybe I will capture some of his spirit through these bits and pieces that he touched and loved. In addition to the vanishing culture of Tibet, I will experience some of Heinrich Harrer\u2019s spirit through these.\n\nBoth now a part of the wovensouls collection\n\n\nIn the olden day people received boons \u2013\u00a0 greeks, indians and others \u2013 so the idea of wishing for a boon is not that ridiculous. So the boon I will ask for is\u00a0 to have the power to inhabit another\u2019s life \u2013 at will.\u00a0 A delicious dream to think about!\nAnd until then, I will make do with things like the large tibetan silver ghau prayer boxes.\nAnd make-believe that my spirit touched his. Somewhat like this shot from the film E.T.\n\n\u00a0\nAcross space. Across time. Across worlds.\njaina mishra\nJan 2016\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post To Touch My Hero appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.